Moët was served on the red carpet in wee bottles with gold funnels and Budweiser was served backstage in big tubs at this year's Golden Globes. I was in the Bud seats, arriving in time for the red carpet mash-up out front. I ran into a scowling Harrison Ford and a jovial Albert Brooks (what's wrong with that picture?). Ford lightened up and got into the spirit before heading into the ballroom. Brad and Angelina just made it and Brad was stopped by security (they ask you for your ticket at the doors). He explained that he didn't have a ticket. Nice fella let him in anyway. Then the Gervais cracks, trophy winning, and speechifying began. Meryl Streep came to the press area after her win still clutching the speech she couldn't read onstage without her glasses. George Clooney gave the specks to David Fincher while she was accepting her award but Fincher chickened out and didn't want to ruin her moment. "I can't believe I said shit on TV!" Streep gasped afterwards. Actually, it was more like "Shhhhhhh-iiiiiiiiit" for those who missed it, as they hit delay. Uggie the dog (from The Artist) was a huge hit backstage where he and his trainer hung out. When it came time to go onstage for their win, the wee terrier was nowhere to be found. Even Queen Latifah went looking, asking "Anyone seen a dog back here?" Uggie made it onstage in time for the accolades. Laura Dern's green Andrew Gn dress was stunning up close and I finally got a chance to tell Octavia Spencer congrats as she made the interview rounds after her win. Peter Dinklage chatted about his new baby and uttered a phrase I thought appropriate for awards season: "Crying never killed anyone." All seemed to agree that Gervais did a fine job and he even got a tip of the hat from George Clooney. "He handled tonight like a proper host," he said. "He did what he does—he made me laugh. He's funny." As Matt LeBlanc made his way down the hallway towards the parties, the woman walking with him asked, "Aren't you glad you came home?" To this the Globe winner simply uttered an emphatic, "Yea!"
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